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Het Nieuwe Instituut and Caribbean arts platform Tilting Axis launch this year’s Tilting Axis Fellowship programme for mid-career or established cultural workers based in the Caribbean. The initiative aims to foster and stimulate mutual exchange between the Caribbean region and the Dutch cultural field. Together with the lead partners, other cultural institutions including Amsterdam Museum, De Appel, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Kunstinstituut Melly will collaborate with the selected applicant during the fellowship.

Who should apply?

Mid-career and established researchers, artists, designers, writers, curators or cultural producers based in the Caribbean region who are interested in building new links with cultural institutions in the Netherlands, and who have an interest in developing their practice around themes related to architecture, spatial practice, design or digital culture.

Goals

  • To develop, stimulate and visualise curatorial, design and artistic realities coming out of the Caribbean region.           
  • To enhance knowledge exchange and collaboration with a cross-section of Dutch cultural institutions.   
  • To provide a variety of platforms for professional experience.      
  • To produce critical knowledge about interdisciplinary exchanges as well as visual culture.            
  • To offer practical support and travel to the Netherlands for an extended fellowship.
  • To engage with hosting and collaborating institutions to interrogate and challenge their institutional structures and methodologies.   
  • To utilise the existing Tilting Axis network.

About the Tilting Axis Fellowship

This fellowship focuses on applicants living and working in the Caribbean region and is both research and practice-led. The selected applicant will be based in Rotterdam at Het Nieuwe Instituut and will have access to other partner cultural institutions in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. A total stipend of €12,000 will be granted by Het Nieuwe Instituut to cover living expenses and one round-trip airfare from any Caribbean country to the Netherlands. Accommodation will be provided for a period of six months for a maximum of €800 per month. Stipends may be subject to a withholding tax. Specific details about the position will be discussed with the selected applicant. Developments around Covid-19 and any resulting government restrictions will be taken into account. This means that the fellowship might be undertaken remotely in part. 

Read more about the first edition of the Tilting Axis Fellowship with fellow Sean Leonard in 2020.

Applications

Applicants for the fellowship are invited to develop an independent proposal outlining a clear interest in the areas of research/practice and organisations highlighted. The proposal should be content-driven and can be based on already existing research or offer new projects. The fellow is not expected to produce an outcome or finished artwork, yet will be encouraged to publicly present the ongoing research interests while in the Netherlands. The research will also be published on an ongoing basis on Het Nieuwe Instituut’s and the partner institution’s website, newsletter or other publications.

The fellow will be invited to:

  • Make a series of presentations in Rotterdam and Amsterdam at host and partner institutions on their research/practice;
  • Produce a monthly text/sound/video/photo essay (6 essays in total). The series of monthly texts will be posted on the websites of Tilting Axis and Het Nieuwe Instituut, with links to the partner institutions;
  • Research could lead to an installation, exhibition or further events at partner institutions during or after the fellowship;
  • A final report on the fellowship experience is required.

Format and Submission Requirements

The open call for 2021 begins on 25 May, with a deadline for submissions on 4 July 2021. The call is open to individuals. Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file of maximum 10MB. In order to be considered, proposals should include the following information:

  • A self-introduction in which applicants articulate the relation between their interests and the hosting/partner institutions. Departing from a curatorial, research or design and artistic ambition, we expect to see a statement of intent of maximum 1000 words. This statement should explain the applicant’s research focus, and its possible connection to architecture, design or digital culture, as well and the interest in the anchor and partner institutions.
  • Relevant documentation of previous work, and/or links to audio or video files (maximum 10 minutes) in the application PDF.
  • Indication of availability to take up the Fellowship from October 2021 - March 2022

Proposals should be written in English and applicants must have a working knowledge of English. While we understand that English proficiency may vary or that English may not be the applicant’s first or primary language, unfortunately we are not able to offer translation support at this time. Applicants with specific questions are encouraged to contact ta-fellowship@hetnieuweinstituut.nl about the availability of any support service.

Applicants have until 4 July, 2021 to submit proposals for consideration. Proposals should be sent to ta-fellowship@hetnieuweinstituut.nl attention: Tilting Axis Fellowship 2021 Review Committee. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Selection Process

Proposals will be considered by an international committee consisting of the Tilting Axis and Het Nieuwe Instituut teams along with representatives from the partner institutions including curators, academics, and museum professionals. The review committee includes:

  • Aric Chen, Artistic and General Director, Het Nieuwe Instituut
  • Marina Otero Verzier, Director of Research, Het Nieuwe Instituut
  • Holly Bynoe, ARC Magazine and Tilting Axis co-founder
  • Annalee Davis, Visual Artist, Founding Director/Fresh Milk, and Tilting Axis co-founder
  • Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Director, / Jessy Koeiman, Kunstinstituut Melly
  • Mark Raymond, Director of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and the current Plym Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2021).
  • Monika Szewczyk, Director at De Appel
  • Imara Limon, curator of modern and contemporary art, at Amsterdam Museum
  • Charl Landvreugd, Head of Research and Curatorial Practice, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a phone interview with members of the selection committee.

Crossovers Programme

This fellowship is part of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s crossovers programme that aims to stimulate the international exchange of knowledge and research through collaborative fellowships, events, exhibitions, and publications involving designers, researchers and partners across the world. Broader alliances can contribute to cultural and political change, and eventually to policy adjustments.

Tilting Axis

Tilting Axis is an arts platform for, from, across, and through the Caribbean. It is a call to action to rethink the position and conditions of contemporary art practices in the region. Its perspective, informed by artist-led initiatives within the archipelago, recognises this space as central rather than peripheral and is fed by multi-generational voices. It aims to build support systems that sustain contemporary art practitioners in the region and serves as a catalyst for creative projects and collaborations.

Tilting Axis was co-founded in 2014 by Annalee Davis of The Fresh Milk Art Platform and Holly Bynoe of ARC Magazine. From its inception, Tilting Axis has grounded its concerns in the Caribbean as a part of a wider creative ecology, and the health, evolution, and advancement, a primary objective of its annual meetings held inside and outside of the region. Bringing together artist-led initiatives, private and state sector arts institutions and artists, writers, researchers, and curators, Tilting Axis offers an intimate discursive space to reflect on how we might contribute to more inclusive and equitable art worlds. At each meeting, several themes have been identified including the following but not limited to Development; Curating strategies for the Caribbean; the archive, cultural ecologies; and Decolonisation and Art Criticism. 

Tilting Axis is the organisational platform that manages the annual meetings and coordinates the fellowships in partnership with host institutions.